An email arrived the other day from Jeanette McKittrick, one of the co-founders of Capital Trees, and I asked if we could share it with the posse. With an enthusiastic yes, please consider yourself invited to this dinner which I have been looking forward to ever since I heard the reviews from last year’s inaugural event.
Maybe you’ve been to places like New York, Charlotte, Greensville and others, wondering how they’re able to beautify their cities. Capital Trees is working hard with like-minded people across the area to make Richmond a greener, more beautiful, more livable city.
You can be a big help by joining your friends and showing your support at Capital Trees’ second annual Farm-to-Table Dinner and at the same time supporting our local farms and fisheries.
You’ve never tasted the Virginia country harvest like this before. From farmyards to fishermen’s nets, there’s no better way to enjoy the abundance of local flavors. Savor fried Rappahannock oysters on Johnny cakes with country ham and green tomato tartar, brown sugar-crusted pork, corned beef with rye bread pudding, pickled peach butter, local greens with house-cured bacon, spoon bread, wild ginger pickles, desserts to die for, and much, much more.
and his staff at the Country Club of Virginia
have been working all summer, curing meat and putting up relishes the old-fashioned way, crafting a menu worthy of grandmother’s best Sunday dinner, assuming grandmother went to culinary school!
Proceeds will benefit Capital Trees, a joint initiative of the Boxwood, James River, Three Chopt and Tuckahoe Garden Clubs.Thursday, October 24, 6:00 p.m. The Country Club of Virginia Country casual attire includes jackets for gentlemen, no jeans. $175.00 per person
For more information, contact Bootsie Rogers, 804.358.8834.
Most recently, Capital Trees (which The Gracious Posse first highlighted back in January) has collaborated with the Virginia Capital Trail and other local partners to install a new landscape of trees, perennial beds,
and native plants beside the James River at Great Shiplock Park. Built in the 1850s, the site is the eastern-most location of the historic James River and Kanawha Canal locks, originally laid out by George Washington. The park includes the former Trigg Shipyard, built in the late 19th century but in recent decades degenerated into a neglected area of weeds and concrete.River Birch (8) Thornless Honeylocust (2) Sweetbay Magnolia (3) Sycamore (7) Goldenrain (1)
and 938 shrubs, perennials and vines:Chalky Bluestem (35) Northern Sea Oats (64) Joe Pye Weed (36) Oakleaf Hydrangea (39) Shamrock Inkberry (21) Emily Bruner Holly (13) Sweetspire (16) Muhly Grass (60) Northwind Switchgrass (228) Karl Foerster Feather Reed (21) Madame Galen Trumpet Creeper (6) Hyperion Daylily (99) Caesar’s Brother Iris (80) American Cranberrybush Viburnum (10) Lenten Rose (51) Johnson’s Blue Geranium (51) Snow Queen Iris (19) Red Salvia (19) False Indigo (19) Honorine Jobert Anemone (51)
(Meg Turner of Capital Trees, 3rd from right, with Mayor Dwight Jones, left, and other contributors and dignitaries)
for this significantly improved park
took place this past Tuesday. Next month Capital Trees will add 7,800 bulbs to create an unforgettable spring display along the western entrance to the Great Shiplock Park at Dock Street. The public is invited to sponsor the bulbs for A Dollar a Daff. All donors will appear on Capital Trees website, which is now under construction. Until the donation portion of the site is up and running on-line, you may contact Jeanette McKittrick at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to donate to A Dollar a Daff and keep improving the
Capital Trees is a consortium of the Boxwood, James River, Three Chopt and Tuckahoe Garden Clubs of the Garden Club of Virginia.
14th Street Rain Garden, one of Capital Trees first partnership projects
Its mission is to make Richmond a greener, more beautiful, more livable place, mindful of the city’s location on the banks of the historic James River. Capital Trees advocates for the powerful connection between people and nature.
Capital Trees would love to have you join them at its 2nd annual Farm-to-Table Dinner to help support these and other projects around RVA. I’m already salivating. Please reply today.
p.s. Jeanette McKittrick will be one of the featured artists at THINK PINK. I know that she would love to see you there as well as at the Farm-to-Table dinner the night before.